I lead campaigns to pass proactive legislation in California and provide a national model for playing offense on reproductive freedom. In 2015, I led a campaign that passed the first ever statewide bill cracking down on anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers. Through a concerted campaign of grassroots organizing, media outreach, lobbying and coalition building, we were finally able to fight back against their campaign of misinformation and manipulation. I also worked to make Oakland the second city in the country to pass an ordinance banning false advertising by CPCs.
This year I’m working to pass a bill that prohibits discrimination based on reproductive health choices and a bill to create a pro-choice license plate to fund family planning services for low-income Californians.
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without access to family planning services. The ability to control our reproductive lives means we can choose our own futures. It’s heartbreaking to see women denied control over their lives because there are people determined to make access family planning services as difficult as possible. To get the political, cultural and economic influence we should have, and live the lives we want to live, every person must have access to family planning services.
I lead campaigns that put California at the forefront of passing innovative legislation to protect and expand reproductive freedom. Bills I have worked on are now being replicated in states like Hawaii and Nevada. At a time when reproductive rights are under attack, this work is critical to keep things moving in a progressive, pro-choice direction and demonstrate what it looks like when the reproductive freedom movement has political power and uses it.
I will use this profile to encourage people to think boldly about how we can push the envelope on fighting for reproductive freedom. Our work as advocates for access to family planning services is vital, life-saving work, and we should be proud and aggressive in demanding access. I will use the grant to engage new activists in the fight to pass pro-choice legislation and hold our leaders accountable for standing up for reproductive freedom.